Faithful Listening - Faithful Learning Scholars Program

Learn More About the FLFL Scholars Program

The program is open to undergraduates, graduate, and accelerated students. Scholars must have a 3.25 GPA or above. The program requires a commitment of two years or more, while studying at Holy Family, or immediately following graduation, as long as the student still lives/works in the area. Ideally, a sophomore would continue in the program for three years, graduating from the program when they complete their baccalaureate degree.

The Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Scholars Program begins with an initial reception at which Faculty Mentors meet their Student Mentees. Then, each semester, the mentors and mentees meet at dialog dinners where they discuss specific readings which all have had time to read and reflect upon in advance. New cohorts are added each fall and spring semester as appropriate. The cohorts meet separately both semesters. Annually, all cohorts are brought together in the spring semester for a broader dialog.

For undergraduates, the program for each cohort concludes in the second semester of the senior year with the required service project. Graduate and accelerated students are included in this, although some may complete their commitment in two years. Three, however, is optimal. A grand banquet is held in April at which the culminating successes of learning and doing are celebrated and recognition is given. Certificates of completion are given along with an award for the best culminating project. Students can plan their capstone project in any year, but they are not required to complete it until the final year.

Students who “graduate” from the FLFL Scholars Program receive Faithful Listening-FaithfulLearning Scholars Program academic cords to be worn at graduation. Their mentors receive their cords at the completion of their first semester of service prior to the next commencement. Faculty members are encouraged to wear the cords at commencement, thus promoting the program during the years before their mentees earn their cords. This is designed to be a prestigious program which everyone would consider an honor to join.

The Faithful Listening/Faithful Learning Scholars Program is new in 2017 and brings together students and faculty who enjoy intellectual pursuits and thrive on a dialog that takes place in an environment of open souls, hearts, and minds that honors and welcomes every voice to the table. This reflects the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that recognizes the search for Truth as unending and teaches that the dialog should be inclusive of persons and points of view.

The program provides a safe and confidential environment within which this dialog is fostered for the benefit of all participants. Dialogs will be dialogs of faith and reason, deepened by the awareness that “Faithful Listening” will open doors to new insights and resonances that can be transformational if one is open enough, trusts oneself and trusts others. Above all, the reception of optimal benefits rests in the conviction that God will bless humble hearts who park their egos at the door and surrender to the power of His InfiniteWisdom to bless.

The program provides an opportunity for integration of the University Mission and, by association, the Congregation’s Charism of Family and values into the teaching-learning experience of students and faculty at Holy Family University. The aim is to do this in a very clear and visible way so that the values are not hidden, but are addressed and appreciated in the process of applying them to a person’s individual struggle to balance faith and reason throughout the learning process.

The program offers a means to refine critical thinking skills. Through the sharing of stories, dialog, and reflection, the program encourages the discovery of life’s deeper meaning and significance. Additionally, the program strives to ensure that the deeper level of appreciation of life that is expected to develop embraces the Truth that the greatest meaning comes from the realization that humans were created as communal beings and happiness and fulfillment comes ONLY through SERVICE to others (FAMILY), and to God, who created us in His image.

How Do I Apply to Become a Student Scholar or Faculty Mentor?

Online Application links are provided below. Please also review the Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Pledge which guides participants and is recited at every dialog dinner.

Step 1: Review the Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Pledge

Step 2: Submit Your Application Online

FLFL Scholars Testimonials

Samantha Warner

“Being a part of the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars program has provided me a number of interesting and unique opportunities. I have been a part of amazing discussions not only with my fellow students, but also with a number of professors across various areas of study outside of my own. As a graduate student within the program, it was interesting to be surrounded by people of all ages taking part in engaging and respectful debate and seeing the discussion be led by both students and professors alike. It was not a 'typical classroom' atmosphere where a 'teacher' had the floor; everyone had an equal say and everyone's thougts and opinions were given space to be heard. Many deep, fun, and, at times, difficult topics were discussed, but there was never a time where I felt that I had not been heard or my opinion not respected. It was an insightful experience.”

Samantha Warner
Completed Master's in Counseling Psychology, December 2020
Now in 2nd semester of PsyD Program

male - coming soon

“A great realization from the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars Program that still drives me as a lifelong learner, and an ever-developing person, is that we shouldn't be afraid to be wrong. Voice your opinions and ideas, let them be heard! If we are so scared to be wrong, we are missing out on the opportunity to grow, and better not only ourselves but for others. Expressing our opinions sparks fascinating conversations and often necessary ones. Although, if you're afraid to be wrong you may be sitting silently holding your tongue, or only asserting what you think others want to hear; and, if that's the case this program is not for you. I've realized from our discussions that to improve ourselves we cannot be unwilling to be wrong. Life loves diversity, so never hold back your opinions due to fear of embarrassment, disappointment, or judgment. You'll be missing out on the better person you can become.”

Jose Colon
Junior, Nursing Major
Employed part-time at a daycare facility, caring for age groups ranging from 1-12 years old.
Whatever free time he has is spent with loved ones at work, school, or home relaxing or enjoying leisure activities together.
"Family" is everything to Jose in every dimension.

female - coming soon

“An evening encapsulated by the backdrop of a banquet and an atmosphere buzzing with the fruitful exchange of dialog between faculty and students is the image most easily recalled upon when reminiscing about the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars Program (FLFLSP). This program offers a unique experience that transcends traditional roles and offers students the opportunity to converse with their professors outside of the classroom. Appealing to curiosities, encouraging critical thinking, and employing various points of view, the discussions are on topics that implore a deepening awareness of self and others. The element of diversity amidst fields of study, interests, and professions also highlights the familiarity of qualities shared and valued across all of us on campus.

In recollection, the dialog dinners that I have attended focused upon various questions surrounding the word ‘vocation.’ The delightful measure intermingled within these meetings is that one thought or question opens an entirely new dialog. An added spark of interest is in finding the differences in opinion that each other has, and discovering why someone else may think that way – and, it is fascinating! Laterally, there is also the invaluable opportunity of having a faculty mentor (mine being Dr. Patrick McElwaine). One is paired with someone they may not have otherwise ever had the chance to meet – across a major other than their own."

Brittany M. Thompson
Sophomore, Nursing Major
Member of: Honors Program, Honors Program Student Council, Student Nurses Association of Holy Family [SNAHF], Social Behavioral Sciences Club [SBS], Love Your Melon, Folio, Pi-gers, Believe. Lead. Achieve [BLA], and Vice President of Albertans


Have Any Questions?

Questions may be directed to Sister Rita Fanning, CSFN, Vice President for Mission, who is the program facilitator. She may be reached at All applications to participate should be sent to her at this mission e-mail.